TPC Weekly Update 3/28

Posted by North Bay Aquatics on Mar 28 2020 at 09:53PM PDT


It looks like Saturday might be my new weekly update day! Anyways, I hope everyone is doing well – I miss seeing all of the youngsters at the pool.

FAMILY – We are doing well and having fun exploring our new routines and reality. It is not without some trials and tribulations, but overall a pretty exciting time! (I taught the kids dominoes last night).

SCHOOL – Homeschooling is a breeze! (‘jk’ as the kids say). We are making our way through the new platforms and expectations from our teachers. A special shout out to the teachers who are learning how to teach all over again – very challenging! A side note: Coach Don (who coaches the Senior Team with Coach Ken) would be irate if any of us said that anything was ‘hard’. Diamonds are hard. Our circumstances are challenging – and, fortunately, as competitive swimmers, we embrace challenge.

SWIMMING – I must be honest, I have not been keeping up with my push-ups, but I am re-motivated. Ken has challenged the PreSr/Sr team to do 400 push-ups/week, so my goal this week is 401 – one better than those guys.

I was talking to another coach today, and he told me he suggested to his swimmers that they ‘unplug’ and walk outside at least 2X/day. What they did outside, was up to them (hike, bike, jump rope, skip, do cartwheels (be careful), etc.)—but, get away from the ‘screen’. It’ll probably be great for your mood/mind/mental well-being. We should all heed those words.

ZOOM – We will have a quick Zoom meeting tomorrow, Sunday at 10:30am. If you haven’t used ZOOM yet, it is a pretty easy web-conference interface that will allow us to see each other’s smiling faces! Info for joining the meeting is at the bottom of this email.

GO SWIM – If you haven’t heard, GOSWIM is offering free access to its vast video library. For those interested, please see email below the ZOOM link. In the future, I will curate the videos, but as for now, have at it!

QUOTE – Change alone is unchanging. – Heraclitus

See you online, Coach Mike

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Supporting Swim Education during the Coronavirus-

For nearly two decades, our mission at has been to help people of all ages and backgrounds to swim better and reach their full potential in the sport. In this challenging time of COVID-19, with pools closed, meets canceled, and swimmers stuck at home, we are determined to continue — and even expand — our mission. Because of our long-time commitment to virtual learning, we believe we are in a unique position to step up right now, to serve the swimmers and coaches of our shared community.

Here’s how we’d like to help right now…

For the next few weeks, when you sign up for a free GoSwim account (or if you already have a free GoSwim account), you will have free access to ALL of GoSwim’s content. In addition, you will receive a daily email from us, with a link to a video we’ve chosen as part of a weekly theme.

If you’re a coach and pick up a free account during this time, you have the added benefit of looking through GoSwim’s entire site and selecting videos to share with your swimmers. You can share as many videos as you want with as many swimmers as you want. Because of COPPA and MAAP regulations, each swimmer will need to create their own account. But once everyone has an account, you will be able to share any GoSwim URL through your own internal communication system with your team.

We invite every swimmer and coach, of every age and ability, to set up a free GoSwim account during this challenging time, and to experience what we have to offer. We hope this will give everyone the opportunity to expand their swimming knowledge, get new ideas, or be inspired by the swimmers who have shared their talent in our platform. For coaches especially, we hope this provides answers and solutions as you search for ways to stay in touch with your swimmers, to keep them engaged, motivated, and in command of their own swimming.

We know from personal experience that the simple act of watching great swimming can improve our swimming. We hope you will use GoSwim’s videos to help visualize the kind of swimmer you want to be when you get back in the pool. Stay healthy and safe, everyone.

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